Smoky Valley High School girls tennis head coach John Bellah has half his team figured out for the Aug. 25 Hesston Invitational.

Smoky Valley High School girls tennis head coach John Bellah has half his team figured out for the Aug. 25 Hesston Invitational.

Bellah returns one of the best double teams in 4A, and a youthful, experienced singles player.

The duo of Katie Bellah and Emily Roets enter their senior season with aspirations of a state championship, after going 4-1 at the state tournament in 2015.

Meanwhile, Kira Haxton is coming off a stellar freshman season that saw a trip to state. The sophomore will look to use her experience gained as a freshman to bring home a state medal this year.

“I’m excited about our team,” Bellah said. “I think we will see big gains this season. We will be very competitive in most of the tournaments.”

The other singles and doubles entry is up for grabs, according to Bellah.

“We have several players who have the potential to play varsity,” Bellah said. “We have a lot of depth, which is exciting and will be our strength. We had a very good freshman class last year, which should make practice more competitive again this season.”

As for the conference, Bellah has high expectations for the Central Kansas League. The Vikings will have home court on their side, as the CKL League Tournament will be held on Smoky Valley soil.

“I’m not sure at this point where we will be in the CKL, but (we) would like to be competing for a league championship.”

The Vikings begin their season on Aug. 25 in Hesston, and play host to their first home meet on Sept. 8.